In the last decade, Park Circle has gone from an up-and-coming neighborhood in North Charleston to a local destination.
East Montague Avenue, one of the streets extending from the circle itself, includes a bustling strip filled with restaurants, breweries, eclectic mom ‘n’ pop shops and nightlife.
This was North Charleston’s old “Main Street” and it certainly has a downtown feel, though without all the foot traffic and bustle you get on the Charleston Peninsula. It’s a neighborhood hangout, with outdoor recreation, abundant parking and family-friendly options. It’s also become a hot spot for festivals, food truck extravaganzas and holiday soirees.
Next week, the 37th annual North Charleston Arts Fest will bring five days of live performances and visual and literary art to Park Circle and nearby libraries, community centers and businesses. Street entertainment, like jugglers and dancers, along with outdoor concerts, theater productions and live painters, are planned. There will even be a night of wine and opera. For a full list of events, visit northcharlestonartsfest.com/events.
The festival is reason enough to swing by the Park Circle area. But it’s far from the only reason. Here are some of the neighborhood’s popular places to visit, compiled for Charleston Scene’s most recent neighborhood guide.